Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bureaucratized medicine at work Zero flexibility. Zero caring I don’t scrape and scrabble at the coal face of the NHS very often. I was born, I suppose. My mum has great palliative care, but I’ve contributed £30,000 towards that. I … Continue reading

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Patients struggle even to get on NHS waiting lists Patients have told how they have struggled even to get on NHS waiting lists, forcing them to endure lengthy delays for treatment or to go private, as managers ration treatment to … Continue reading

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Appalling: NHS delays operations ‘as it waits for patients to die or go private’ NHS managers are deliberately delaying operations as they wait for patients either to die or go private in order to save money, according to an official … Continue reading

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NHS rations knee and hip replacement operations to save money Hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and removal of tonsils are among a list of ‘non-urgent’ operations being rationed by the cash strapped NHS in a bid to drive down … Continue reading

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Amy Winehouse’s death prompts review of drug rehab waiting times I am a bit ambivalent about this. On the one hand I doubt that “rehab” clinics do much good — but on the other hand drug addiction can lead to … Continue reading

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Overweight patients ‘dying because NHS is poorly prepared for obesity epidemic’ Bear in mind that obesity is not usually curable. Most people who lose weight through dieting subsequently regain that weight, often ending up heavier than ever — JR Overweight … Continue reading

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Got an unusual illness? The NHS can’t help you and won’t pay for anyone else to do so One would think that it was precisely in such a situation that health insurance would be most needed. But Britain’s compulsory health … Continue reading

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Children’s epilepsy doctor suspended Rather mysterious A children’s doctor specialising in epilepsy and other neurological problems has been suspended after questions were raised over his ability to diagnose and treat patients. Parents of 569 children have received letters from the … Continue reading

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Mother dies as 150 heart patients told they are at risk from Hepatitis B in NHS hospital outbreak A mother has died and hundreds of patients could be infected after hepatitis B was apparently spread by unclean surgical equipment at … Continue reading

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African Doctor who failed to spot Baby P abuse eight days before he died allowed to return to work A GP who failed to spot Baby P’s abuse can return to work as a doctor but only under strict conditions, … Continue reading

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